Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: The Secret Life Of Pets Blu-ray Review

PG; 87 minutes;$34.98; Amazon
Being released today on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment just in time for Christmas is one this year's biggest animated blockbusters, The Secret Life Of Pets. It's also available on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, DVD, and Digital HD.

Directed by Chris Renaud, the film stars the talented voice-cast of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, and Albert Brooks.

The Secret Life Of Pets centers on a Jack Russell Terrier named Max, who gets a huge shock when his owner brings home a large, shaggy mongrel named Duke from the pound. Feeling betrayed by his owner, Jack is determined to get rid of Duke, who is basically claiming everything in their apartment for himself.

After being released from their leashes at a dog park, Duke plans on getting rid of Jack in a nearby alley, but unfortunately, thing don't go as plan when a gang of crazy cats shows up.

To make a long story short, Jack and Duke must put aside their differences long enough so they can outrun the animal control, the crazy cats, and "The Flushed Pets" that is lead by the insane rabbit named Snowball, as they try to make back home.

Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features are:
  • 3 Mini-Movies:
    • Norman Television
    • Weenie
    • Mower Minions 

  • All About the Pets - Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet, with the help of animal trainer Molly Mignon O’Neill take you on an educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets.
  • Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors - The comedy superstars who give voice to the film’s menagerie of characters talk about their roles and the process of bringing them to life.
  • Hairstylist To The Dogs - Inspired by “Hairspray Live!,” Eric Stonestreet, with the help of a professional dog groomer Jess Rona, will take you through the basic steps to help your pups look as awesome as possible when they’re hanging out with their pet pals.
  • The Best of Snowball - A rapid-fire, fun and oddly musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners.
  • Sing Trailer
  • “Lovely Day” Lyric Video

  • The Humans that Brought You PetsProducers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, and writer Brian Lynch discuss what went into creating The Secret Life of Pet’s compelling characters and non-stop action.
  • GoPro®: The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Making of the Mini-MoviesA fun and interesting take on the Making of the Mini-Movies – we’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them. 
Bonus Features Only Available on Blu-ray editions are:
  • How to Make an Animated Film – A behind-the-scenes look at how to make an animated film from the various departments that make up Illumination.
  • Anatomy of a Scene – Filmmakers and animators take us through the multi-step process it takes to create a specific scene in the Secret Life of Pets 

Final Thoughts: Being a cat lover, I was looking forward to watching The Secret Life Of Pets on Blu-ray. I recall seeing a few advertisements when it was in theaters during the summer and I thought it might be a fun animated movie.

Unlike many computer-animated movies that are aimed more for adults than children, this one is strictly made for kids. The plot is pretty simple with the two main characters (dogs) getting lost in the big city and they must find a way to get back home. Yes, it's already been done to death in movies, but it works well enough here. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments here and there throughout the film, with my favorite being the "sausage heaven" scene.

The picture quality and the Blu-ray are prefect. There are plenty of extras on the Blu-ray. Make sure to watch the 3 bonus Mini Movies!

Overall, The Secret Life Of Pets is a cute, beautifully animated film that children will enjoy watching.

*I received complimentary copy from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

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